- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have finished work on a $15.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year beginning in July that would limit tuition increases at state universities.

The Senate voted 23-11 on Sunday to approve a bill containing most of the spending blueprint for state government. The House passed it Wednesday, so the measure goes next to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The budget wouldn’t balance without more than $400 million in tax increases. Total spending would then decline by 0.4 percent, or $55 million, during the next fiscal year.

State spending on higher education would remain flat.

The budget would prevent increases in tuition at state universities that are more than 2 percentage points above inflation as measured by the consumer price index. The figure would have been 2.8 percent for 2014.



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